Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza uses this gear to photograph the president every day.
Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza packs light to photograph the president. Sam Kaplan
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Your Instagram will never be as cool as Pete Souza’s. He travels the world with the president—shooting candids of Angela Merkel (in virtual-reality goggles) and Steph Curry (cringing in board-game defeat as Obama cheers). His globe-trotting job is 24/7. For the ever-shifting circumstances, he has the ultimate stripped-down kit, shown above, to perform in every condition. Even if you’re not POTUS-worthy, you would do well to shoot with these.

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Canon 135mm f/2.0 L (left) and 35mm f/1.4 L

These lenses don’t zoom, but they take advantage of more available light. The 35mm is for up close, and the 135mm is for when Souza needs to keep his distance.

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This article was originally published in the July/August 2016 issue of Popular Science, under the title “Photog In Chief.”